South Korean Dental Students Tour MCCC Clinic

Daejeon 1Blue Bell, Pa.—Twelve students and one instructor from Daejeon Health Sciences College in Daejeon, South Korea toured and observed procedures in Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Dental Hygiene Clinic on Feb. 2 as part of a three-day visit to the Philadelphia region.

The group has been New York City since Jan. 16 as part of a study abroad experience coordinated by Manhattan dentist Dr. Paul Sui, through which the students are experiencing dentistry and dental hygiene education as they are practiced in the United States. The group has spent time at Columbia University, New York University, and at several private dental practices.

Daejeon 2MCCC alumna Lillian Caperila, who is a manager and international presenter of professional continuing education for Premier Dental Products Co. in Plymouth Meeting, arranged the three-day Philadelphia trip, which had the students visiting University of Pennsylvania, MCCC and Premier’s manufacturing facility, along with some sight seeing.

“Daejeon Health Sciences College uses dental instruments that are manufactured right here in Philadelphia, so the students got to see how the instruments they use every day are made,” Caperila explained.

At MCCC, the Daejeon students observed MCCC students and faculty treat patients in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. Through formal and informal discussions, including a pizza lunch, both groups of students were able to about each other’s education and culture. The Daejeon students also toured the campus and met with MCCC Provost Dr. Vicki Bastecki-Perez and Dental Hygiene Program Director Jenny Sheaffer.

San Francisco Plane Crash: Crew Tried To Abort Landing

The doomed Asiana Airlines jetliner had its throttles set to idle and was moving so slowly that it nearly stalled before it smashed into a seawall bordering a San Francisco International Airport runway, federal investigators said Sunday.

The crew tried to abort the landing and avert the disaster, which killed two teenage passengers and injured dozens of others, but it was too late, according to a preliminary review of flight data and cockpit communications by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crew sought to accelerate 7 1/2 seconds before impact, investigators said.  Three seconds later, a vibrating “shaker stick” in the cockpit signaled an impending stall – a condition in which the wings lose lift and a plane can’t be controlled.

And with 1 1/2 seconds left, someone on board alerted an air traffic controller that the Boeing 777 jetliner would try to pull up and circle around.  It could not, and at 11:27 a.m. Saturday it bounced and skidded across the ground, losing its tail before it came to rest on the side of Runway 28L.

Read more:  http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-plane-crash-Crew-tried-to-abort-landing-4650990.php

North Korea Says It’s In State Of War With South Korea

English: Own work, based on Wikipedia blank map.

English: Own work, based on Wikipedia blank map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Nut jobs with nukes!  Never a good combination!

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat Saturday, saying it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea a day after its young leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea.

Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely and North Korea’s threats are instead aimed at drawing Washington into talks that could result in aid and boosting leader Kim Jong Un’s image at home.  But the harsh rhetoric from North Korea and rising animosity from the rivals that have followed U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s Feb. 12 nuclear test have raised worries of a misjudgment leading to a clash.

In a joint statement by the government, political parties and organizations, North Korea said Saturday that it will deal with all matters involving South Korea according to “wartime regulations.”  It also warned it will retaliate against any provocations by the United States and South Korea without “any prior notice.”

The divided Korean Peninsula is already in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.  But Pyongyang said it was scrapping the war armistice earlier this month.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20130330_ap_nkoreasaysitsinstateofwarwithskorea.html

North Korea Says It Has Scrapped Armistice That Ended Korean War

English: Locator map of South Korea.

English: Locator map of South Korea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Very scary situation.  Unstable governments with nukes!

SEOUL — North Korea said Monday that it had “completely scrapped” the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War, following up on a threat made days earlier and increasing the prospect of a strike against or a skirmish with the South, analysts said.

The North has made several similar announcements in the past, most recently in 2009, and analysts said this latest declaration could prove to be bluster rather than the marker of a wholesale shift in Pyongyang’s dealings with Seoul.  Experts also note that Pyongyang — whether bound by the cease-fire or not — has occasionally ignored its terms, most notably with fatal attacks on the South in 2010.

Still, the armistice has kept a shaky peace on the peninsula for 60 years, and the North’s apparent withdrawal — coupled with its severing of a communications hotline at the demilitarized border Monday — makes it more difficult for South Korea and the United States to prevent or resolve disputes with Pyongyang.

Anxiety about the North is particularly high for the United States and its allies because they have little insight into the decision-making style of Kim Jong Eun, the young leader who took power of the opaque police state in December 2011 and now appears to be using the same brand of brinkmanship his father once did.

Read more:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/n-korea-says-it-has-scrapped-armistice-that-ended-korean-war/2013/03/11/47762d7a-8a2c-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e_story.html?hpid=z1

SEPTA Replacing Aging Passenger Rail Cars

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is spending $274 million to replace 120 passenger cars in their commuter rail system.

73 of these new cars will replace ones built in the 1960’s!!!  The first three new cars went on their maiden voyage this morning.

The new Silverliner V rail cars are being partially built in South Korea and finished in Philly.  The new cars have better air-conditioning and heating systems, wider doors, wider aisles, larger windows and wheelchair areas.  All 120 cars should be in service by mid 2011.